Teterboro, NJ – Last week, the NBAA held its 64th Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2011), which is considered by most to be the flagship event in the business aviation industry. The trade show was held in the Las Vegas Convention Center from Monday, October 10 through Wednesday, October 12. The annual NBAA event is ranked #4 among all US trade shows.
Meridian participated in the event with a large 20’ x 20’ exhibitor booth, located in the North Hall. With ten Meridian associates in attendance, there was representation from all business units of the company, including Air Charter, Aircraft Management, FBO, and Aircraft Maintenance. “The NBAA is a must-attend event. It provides a great venue to re-connect with existing customers and business partners, prospect for new customers, and allow us to see what’s new in the industry”, according to Dennis O’Connell, President of Meridian Air Charter.
National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) President and CEO Ed Bolen thanked Exhibitors and Attendees for what he called “a highly successful show.” “What we are seeing is that the show is providing real value to the business aviation community, even in these challenging economic times,” Bolen said. “It’s clear that the Convention continues to be a must-attend event for anyone whose passion or profession involves business aviation.”
Some highlights include:
- The show closed with 26,077 people in attendance, a 7 percent jump in attendance over that for last year’s Convention;
- The number of Exhibitors at the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) was 1,106, a 2 percent increase over last year’s Exhibitor count of 1,086;
- A total of 101 aircraft were displayed this year, including 85 at the sold-out Static Display of Aircraft at Henderson Executive Airport (HND), five more inside the Las Vegas Convention Center and 11 additional aircraft at the first-ever Outdoor Static Display adjacent to the LVCC.